Lehigh Valley Band Day to rally area's marching bands

Allentown event fosters the spirit of marching, music education

An Olympic-style retreat is always a favorite aspect of Lehigh Valley Band Day.

Eight scholastic marching bands from the Lehigh Valley region will come together at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown as they show support for each other while also celebrating the merits of music education. 

The Sixth Annual Lehigh Valley Band Day will be held on Sunday, Oct. 10. This unique event brought to you by the US Scholastic Band Association is far from being like any band competition. Its focus lets scholastic groups from around the region show their spirit for each, and promote music education within the Lehigh Valley community.  

The music, pageantry and marching action starts at 1 p.m. with the entrance gates opening at noon. Tickets are $10. 

Setting it apart from other marching band events, Lehigh Valley Band Day allows 100 percent of the all pre-sale and gate ticket proceeds to go directly to the band organizations. Each group is also encouraged to set up a souvenir and fundraising tables within the stadium. 

Should band directors choose to have their bands appraised, a panel of nationally recognized USSBA adjudicators will provide critiques of each group. 

The following local bands are participating in Lehigh Valley Band Day: 

Lake Lehman High School
Notre Dame High School
Whitehall High School
William Allen High School
Northampton Area High School
Northampton Area Middle School
Nazareth Area High School
Freedom High School 

All bands in the Lehigh Valley region are invited to participate in the showcase event, according to Sean King, Director of the USSBA. The event began in 2005 and celebrates the passion area residents have for their marching ensembles. The afternoon show also brings back the often forgotten tradition of retreat. An Olympic-style retreat will be held at the conclusion of the event in a colorful grand finale that recognizes every student who performed that day. 

“It’s truly a remarkable sight to bring all the participating groups onto the field,” said King. “It lets the students enjoy the moment and be recognized for their hard work and accomplishments.”

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